This five-year course has been designed to be relevant to the needs of modern industry and to produce graduates who have the personal and intellectual qualities to be successful in their chosen careers. By the end of the course, you will be equipped to play leading roles in a professional capacity in both industry and academia, and thus able to deal with issues at the forefront of the discipline. Once fully qualified you will:
have a systematic and diverse knowledge of modern Chemical Engineering, which embeds biochemical engineering, sustainable processing and environmental impact
work effectively as a Chemical Engineer in a professional capacity
understand novel developments and problems at the forefront of the discipline
evaluate current research critically, and be original in the application of your knowledge
be self-motivated and work autonomously
apply your technical knowledge and intellect to solve Chemical Engineering problems
make sound engineering judgements in the absence of complete information
use transferable skills to communicate effectively and work as part of a team
take responsibility for your continuing personal and professional development
have the fundamental grounding required to take you to the next part of your journey to becoming a professional chemical engineer.
The course offers a modular programme of study, which normally leads to the award of Master of Engineering (MEng) in four years. The course offers a modular programme of study, which normally leads to the award of Master of Engineering (MEng) in five years.
The first year of our programmes is broad in scope. The fundamentals of chemical engineering and business management are introduced and you can learn about other engineering disciplines. Transferable skills are developed and you have the opportunity to attend a residential course in the Lake District. IT skills are taught in our purpose-built computing facility.
Themes begun in the first year are developed to the standard you need as a professional engineer. You study advanced heat and mass transfer, reactors and catalysis and unit operations. Financial decision making, international business, marketing and human resource management are studied in the business part of the course.
The third year develops the chemical engineering fundamentals further, to graduate level. All students undertake an industry-linked design project which enables them to put into practice all of the skills they have gained. Business is focused on supply chain management and corporate finance.
Year in Industry
You have the option to spend a year in industry at the end of your third year. We have strong links with a large number of key companies to assist you, including Procter & Gamble, Unilever, BP, EDF, Conoco Philips, Pepsi Co, Jaguar/Land Rover, Exxon Mobil, Cadbury, Astra Zeneca, Johnson Matthey and Glaxo Smith Kline as well as with smaller to medium enterprises. Typically you will have to pass the interview process run by the company with which you are seeking a placement. The industrial placement gives you experience of working in the chemical engineering field which will enhance your CV and allow you to acquire further knowledge and employability skills. Our industrial liaison tutor will be able to advise you about the application procedures.
In the fourth year you can develop subjects taken in previous years to greater depth, and industrial and International economics and small business studies. You also undertake a research project through which you develop advanced laboratory and scholarship skills. Further study into entrepreneurial and small business studies can be chosen.
Generic skills-training, focusing on transferable skills and employability, is embedded throughout the course from the outset, and will ensure that you are equipped with the ICT, presentation, team-working and problem solving skills which will enhance your employability on graduation.
BEng or MEng? The first two years of the MEng course are identical to our Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) programme, which means that you can delay your final choice of degree until the end of your second year. Entry onto the MEng programme is dependent upon successful completion of your second year and you must provide excellent results (i.e. be on target for a minimum of a high 2ii).
At Birmingham, we provide diverse, yet balanced, courses, enabling our graduates to gain employment in a wide range of industries. Teaching is provided by lecturers who are global experts in their field, with multi-million pound investment providing leading-edge teaching facilities and laboratories.
We produce graduates who can function in today's fast-changing marketplace, and your career prospects will be excellent. Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment.
Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends.
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: AAA*, AAAA also accepted.
Required subjects and grades: Mathematics (note: statistics modules are not preferred) and Chemistry are required at A level. If Statistics is offered, applicants should also offer AS level Physics.
General Studies: not accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma: >35 points including Mathematics and Chemistry at HL grade 6. We will consider SL Mathematics grade 7.
Irish Leaving Certificate qualifications: A1 & A in Maths and Chem, A in English and AAA.
Standard English language requirements apply.
International students applying for this programme will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the University can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We recommend that you apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive an offer from us. More information can be found here: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas.
Learn more about international entry requirements.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
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